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Undergraduate Admissions Policies

Admissions Requirements

The Board of Admissions takes into consideration your academic record, professional experience, as well as aptitude for music-related studies. Applicants must have proficiency in the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking, and must have completed high school/secondary school by the time they enroll at Berklee Online. Our comprehensive evaluation of each applicant is designed to assess an applicant’s ability to succeed at Berklee Online.

Refer to the undergraduate degree admissions requirements page to learn more.


Application Form

Berklee Online requires applicants to apply online. The fee is $75.00 (non-refundable), to be paid by credit card at the time of the application submission. Note that all correspondence related to the application will be addressed to the email address provided on the application.

Supporting Application Materials


  1. Video presentation (uploaded to YouTube) or essay (500 word) in which applicants:
    1. tell us about your background, particularly any experience with music and/or the entertainment industry
    2. share goals for pursuing a degree program in music business or music production
    3. discuss career aspirations in music
    4. describe how a degree from Berklee Online will help achieve personal, professional, and creative goals
  2. Two letters of recommendation:
    1. one academic/professional
    2. one personal (not by a family member) that attests to his/her personal character
    3. Note In the application, applicants will be prompted to submit the email addresses of the people writing letters of recommendation. They will then receive a link to submit their letters online.
  3. Official transcripts (all documents must be in English; international applicants should review additional guidelines below):
    1. one official copy of a high school transcript or official GED (for applicants with more than 24 college credits completed, a copy of the high school diploma or transcript may be submitted instead)
    2. official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended or currently attending
  4. TOEFL or IELTS score for applicants whose first language is not English.
  5. For some majors, a recorded audition or portfolio of compositions is required.

Mail application materials to:
Berklee Online Admissions
855 Boylston St, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116

International Applicants/Students Who Have Studied outside the United States
International applicants and those applicants who have studied outside the United States must submit official transcripts for evaluation by an accredited credential evaluation agency, such as the Education Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org). Ask for a course-by-course evaluation with grades.

TOEFL Requirements
Applicants to the degree program whose first language is not English are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score to complete their application for admission. Berklee Online recommends the following scores:

  • TOEFL: iBT (internet-based): 100; Computer-based: 250; Paper-based: 600
  • IELTS: 7.5 or higher

Home-Schooled Applicants
Home-schooled applicants must submit a homeschool portfolio outlining all course content, textbooks used, examples of work done, and grades received.

Prior Learning Credit
A maximum of 30 prior learning credits may be earned toward a student’s degree. To gain prior learning credit, a student must first be accepted into a Berklee Online degree program. The student must then enroll in the Prior Learning Portfolio course, in which they complete and submit a portfolio, consisting of a resume, written narratives, and supporting documentation, such as business plans, production projects, scores, or audio. The materials should demonstrate what he/she has learned, where he/she learned it, and how that learning equates to the course(s) for which he/she is seeking credit. The student should draw parallels between stated course objectives as shown on Berklee Online course syllabi and the learning through work, volunteer activities, or other experiences. An academic advisory committee will review the portfolio and issue final approval for prior learning credits. For more information on prior learning and associated fees, visit https://online.berklee.edu/degrees/about/prior-learning-credit.


Contacting Berklee Online Admissions

Toll-free within the United States and Canada:
1-866-BERKLEE (1-866-237-5533)
Outside the U.S. and Canada: (617) 747-2146 Option 1
Email: advisors@online.berklee.edu


Transfer Credit

Berklee Online recognizes the integrity of college-level coursework completed at other higher education institutions and strives to award as much transfer credit as possible to assist students in pursuit of their academic and musical goals.

A maximum of 60 transfer credits aligned with a student’s degree program can be accepted from external colleges and/or universities with regional accreditation. Courses must be passed with a grade of C, 73%, 2.0 or better.

Students who have completed credits through Berklee prior to matriculating may also transfer their coursework, which does not count toward the 60 external credit limit.

In rare cases, transfer credit may be granted for coursework completed at a nationally accredited institution. Accreditation must be granted by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority as to the quality of postsecondary education within the meaning of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). This credit is granted solely at the discretion of the Dean.

Official Transcript
Students must provide an official transcript from each of their prior institution(s). A transcript is considered official only if it is sent directly from an institution to Berklee Online in a sealed and stamped envelope or via a secure electronic transcript service such as Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse.

International students or those students who wish to transfer post-secondary credit completed at institutions outside of the US and Canada are required to have their transcripts evaluated by an accredited credential evaluation agency.

Berklee Online cannot award transfer credit for unevaluated international coursework, unless the student previously attended a Berklee BIN school or is submitting the officials score report for their A Level exams. Please note that all documents must be in English​.

Berklee Online recommends the following provider of evaluation service:

Education Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
USA
(414) 289-3400
eval@ece.org

Credit Systems
Berklee Online operates on a semester-hour system. When transferring credit from an institution using a different system, the following conversions must be made.

Quarter-Hour Systems

  • 3 quarter-hour credits outside of Berklee Online are equivalent to 2 semester-hour credits at Berklee Online
  • 4.5 quarter-hour credits taken outside of Berklee Online equal 3 semester-hour credits at Berklee Online

Contact-Hour Systems

  • 45 contact hours outside Berklee Online equal 3 semester-hour credits at Berklee Online

When necessary, like-courses on alternate systems may be combined and transferred as a single 3-semester credit course.

Institutional Requirements
All students, including those transferring from other colleges and universities, are required to complete a minimum of 60 credits for a single major or 105 credits for a dual major at Berklee in order to obtain their degree.

Additional Courses Eligible for Transfer
International Baccalaureate

Many courses taken through the International Baccalaureate program are eligible to be accepted at Berklee Online. The courses must be taken at the Higher Level (HL), with a minimum score of 4 earned. Information regarding International Baccalaureate can be found at www.ibo.org.


Advanced Levels and Advanced Subsidiary Levels

Advanced Level Exams (A-Level) and Advanced Subsidiary Level Exams (AS-Level) are accepted, provided that they are compatible with a student’s program and an official score report is submitted to Berklee Online. The Transfer Team is responsible for evaluating these reports and will make the final determination on acceptance and transfer equivalency.


Advanced Placement

Berklee Online accepts certain AP exams as transfer credit and reserves the right to determine which tests are acceptable and how they will apply to the degree programs.
For more information on the Berklee Online equivalencies, view our Transfer Credit Policy Guide:
View PDF


  • A passing score on an AP test is equivalent to 3 semester credits.

  • An official score report from College Board must be sent to Berklee Online to receive AP credit.

  • AP scores can be sent directly to Berklee Online using the code: 6774

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Berklee Online accepts certain CLEP exams as transfer credit and reserves the right to determine which exams are acceptable and how they will apply to the degree programs.
For more information on the Berklee Online equivalencies, view our Transfer Credit Policy Guide:
View PDF


  • A passing score on a CLEP test is equivalent to 3-6 semester credits.

  • An official transcript from the College Board must be sent to Berklee Online to receive CLEP credit.

  • CLEP scores can be sent directly to Berklee Online using the code: 6283

DSST Exams

Berklee Online accepts certain DSST exams as transfer credit and reserves the right to determine which exams are acceptable and how they will apply to degree programs.


  • A passing score on a DSST exam is equivalent to 3 Berklee Online credits.
  • An official score report must be requested from Prometric to be sent to the following address:

    Berklee Online
    Attn: Berklee Online Registrar’s Office
    855 Boylston St, 3rd Floor
    Boston, MA 02116

Berklee Online will consider other credit-granting exams on a case-by-case basis.

Transfer Credit Process

Applicants:


  1. Prospective students seeking admission to the BPS degree program at Berklee Online should submit official transcripts from all previous institutions attended with their application. A transcript is considered official only if it is sent directly from a college/university to Berklee Online. Transcripts that have been opened or faxed are not considered official and, therefore, are not acceptable for transfer credit. Grade reports are also not acceptable for transfer credit. Transcripts should be submitted prior to the application deadline.

  2. For those students admitted to the BPS degree program, an electronic copy of their Official Transfer Evaluation will be sent to the email address associated with their account within 7-10 business days of being notified of their acceptance.

  3. Students who have submitted college-level transcripts and are awarded no transfer credit will be notified.

  4. Students who do not wish to seek transfer credit for their completed college-level coursework must inform the Transfer Team in writing by emailing transfer@online.berklee.edu

  5. Students offered provisional acceptance will not receive their evaluation until they have satisfied the terms of their admission.

Admitted Students:

  1. Students who have completed additional coursework since their admission must submit an updated official copy of their transcript to Berklee Online.

  2. The course(s) must be completed with a grade of C, 73%, 2.0 or better.

  3. Students who feel they are eligible for additional credit than received should contact the Transfer Team and provide the following information: the external code and title of course they believe should transfer, the BPS degree requirement they believe it should fulfill, and supporting documentation, such as detailed course syllabi from the year the course was completed.

Matriculated Students:

  1. Students currently enrolled in the BPS program who are seeking to fulfill a remaining degree requirement by completing additional external credit must first get their coursework approved by the Transfer Team. Students should supply the name of the institution where the credit will be completed, the external course code and title, and a detailed course description. Materials can be emailed to transfer@online.berklee.edu or
    faxed to 617.747.2149. Please note that additional information such as a course syllabus may be requested.

  2. Upon review of the official course description and/or syllabus, the student will be notified whether the course can be accepted and which Berklee Online requirement it will fulfill.

  3. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the Berklee Online Consortium Agreement paperwork to ensure the proper dispersal of financial aid.
  4. The course(s) must be passed with a grade of C, 73%, 2.0 or better. Once the coursework is completed, an official copy of the transcript must be sent to Berklee Online in order for any additional transfer credit to be awarded.

Documentation can be sent to:

Berklee Online
Attn: Berklee Online Registrar’s Office
855 Boylston St, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116

transfer@online.berklee.edu

For more detailed information, please refer to the Berklee Online Transfer Credit Services Guide. and visit the graduate transfer credit page on the site.


Acceptance Into Berklee Online

Placement/Proficiency Testing
Entering students may take a music proficiency assessment and other exams specific to their major. The results of these assessments are used to place entering students in classes appropriate to ability level.

Orientation Course
All Berklee Online degree students are required to complete an online orientation course. The purpose of the online orientation is to ensure that students are well prepared to take online courses. The orientation course should be completed by 5:00 P.M. on Sunday prior to the start of the semester.

Acceptance Expiration
Admission acceptances are only valid for four consecutive semesters.

Acceptance to Berklee College of Music versus Berklee Online
Students accepted to Berklee College of Music who wish to pursue a degree through Berklee Online will need to apply for admission to Berklee Online. Documentation provided to Berklee College of Music during the original application process may be used during the application process for Berklee Online. Students who are dismissed from Berklee College of Music may not apply for admission to Berklee Online.

Students accepted to Berklee Online who wish to pursue a degree through Berklee College of Music will need to apply for admission to Berklee College of Music and go through the audition and interview process for Berklee College of Music.

Acceptance to one degree program does not confer acceptance to another degree program.

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